Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Youthful spirit mask (Kple kple)
Late 19th – early 20th century
Baule people, Côte d'Ivoire
Wood and pigment
H: 87.5 cm
The Arthur and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa Collection, bequeathed by Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: B00.0659
This Kple-kple mask has a flat disc-shaped face which refers to the sun, and the sunbeams are represented by polychrome triangles. The eyes have an oval frame, the mouth is rectangular, the horns are said to stand for the buffalo, the symbol of fecundation.

Apter-Gabriel, Ruth (Ed.), The Arthur and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa Collection in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir